President - Scott Lane 599-7240 Vice President – Walter “Dub” Warren Secretary – Clarence Johnson Treasurer – Carl Williams, M.D. [P.O. Box 200721, San Antonio, TX 78220-0721] SABBSA- Believing the Bible from the first verse! Evolution’s Effects & Current Creation Events Greetings from SABBSA. This month’s newsletter will feature two news stories on how evolution is affecting our society when it’s taken to its logical conclusion. One story is how activists are pursuing human rights for a chimp in Austria. Another is how a noted evolutionary scientist had to resign his prestigious position for telling the truth about evolutionary theory. We will give you the story and pictures of a Noah’s Ark recreation in the Netherlands. Finally we will recount the misinterpretation of a recent Neanderthal discovery and list the wealth of creation activities we are currently sponsoring. The first story of where evolution will take us when taken to its logical conclusion comes to us in an A. P. story by William J. Kole. A chimp in Vienna, Austria has been given a human name, Matthew Hiasl Pan. Animal rights activists are campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed to take their challenge to Austria's Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal. A provincial judge in the city of Wiener Neustadt dismissed the case earlier this week, ruling that the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories had no legal standing to argue on the chimp's behalf. The association, which worries the shelter caring for the chimp might close, has been pressing to get Pan declared a "person" so a guardian can be appointed to look out for his interests and provide him with a home. Group president Martin Balluch insists that Pan is "a being with interests" and accuses the Austrian judicial system of “monkeying” around. "It is astounding how all the courts try to evade the question of personhood of a chimp as much as they can," Balluch said. The legal tussle began in February, when the animal shelter where Pan and another chimp, Rosi, have lived for 25 years filed for bankruptcy protection. Activists want to ensure the apes don't wind up homeless if the shelter closes. Both were captured as babies in Sierra Leone in 1982 and smuggled in a crate to Austria for use in pharmaceutical experiments. Customs officers intercepted the shipment and turned the chimps over to the shelter. Their upkeep costs about $6,800 a month. Donors have offered to help, but there's a catch. Under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts. Organizers could set up a foundation to collect cash for Pan, whose life expectancy in captivity is about 60 years. But they contend that only personhood will give him the basic rights he needs to ensure he isn't sold to someone outside Austria, where he's now protected by strict animal cruelty laws. In April, a district court judge rejected a British woman's petition to be declared Pan's legal guardian. That court ruled that the chimp was neither mentally impaired nor in danger, the grounds required for an individual to be appointed a guardian. In dismissing the association’s appeal this week, the provincial court said only a guardian could appeal. That doesn't apply in this case, the group contends, since Pan hasn't gained a guardian. There is legal precedence in Austria for close friends to represent people who have no immediate family, "so he should be represented by his closest friends, as is the case," said Eberhart Theuer, the group's legal adviser. "On these grounds we have appealed this decision to the Supreme Court in Vienna." Until this summer, the chimp was known simply as Hiasl. However, in the latest court documents, he was identified with a little more humanity as Matthew Hiasl Pan, with the last name derived from "chimpanzee." The Association Against Animal Factories points out that it's not trying to get Pan declared a human, but rather a person, which would give him some kind of legal status. Otherwise, he is legally a thing. And with the genetic makeup of chimpanzees and humans so strikingly similar, it contends, that just can't be” Balluch said. It can be argued that this is just an animal rights group using every legal means necessary to safe guard an animal, but in the process they are treating the chimp as a human, and if we are descended from apes they are our distant relatives and may be due some due process. This is just one thorny road evolution will lead us down. Here is another. Dr. James Watson, age 79, co-discover of the double helix structure of the DNA molecule and who shared the 1962 Nobel prize with Dr. Francis Crick has had to resign his prestigious post as the head of the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory. This resignation was caused by the furor which erupted this past month upon comments made by Dr. Watson in an interview intimating that blacks are less intelligent than other races! In an interview printed a couple of weeks a go in the Times in London, Dr. Watson was quoted as saying,”while there are many people of color who are very talented… he is very gloomy about the prospects for Africa. All of our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really!” Dr. Watson has vehemently apologized for his comments and said “I cannot understand how I could have made such remarks as I am quoted as having said. There is no scientific basis for such a belief.” The laboratory also quickly distanced themselves from his remarks and reiterated that his statement was neither the views of the lab, nor was it backed by scientific evidence. The problem with all this is that it is where our politically correct society and our values of all men being created equal, clash head to head with evolution’s base assumption that races, variations and species are inherently unequal. If evolution is true, then each race must have attributes which make it different from others and potentially give it an advantage or disadvantage over other races or species. If man evolved from the ape, some “strains” of humans are genetically closer to the ape than others and thus may have characteristics which are more athletic, but also are less intelligent. Such statements of course are a breeding ground for racism, but they are the honest truth of evolutionary thought. Such thinking is how Hitler thought that he could purify and promote the Arian race by eliminating all the Jews and blacks who were genetically inferior by his standards. Only if God created men equally and our races are the result of minute variations within His original preprogramming which is still fixed within the “kind Homo-Sapien” can Dr. Watson’s statements not be true whether we like them or not! On a more positive note, scientists have rediscovered that the appendix protects good germs in our bodies and thus in no way is a vestigial organ as many evolutionists pose. An October 5, 2007 Associated Press story says some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function, surgeons removed them routinely, and people live fine without them, and when infected the appendix can turn deadly. It gets inflamed quickly and some people die if it isn't removed in time. Two years ago, 321,000 Americans were hospitalized with appendicitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The function of the appendix seems related to the massive amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most of it is good and helps us digest food. But sometimes the flora of bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. Diseases such as cholera or amoebic dysentery would clear the gut of useful bacteria. The appendix's job is to “reboot” the digestive system in that case. The appendix "acts as a good safe house for bacteria," said Duke surgery professor Bill Parker, a study co-author. Its location, just below the normal one-way flow of food and germs in the large intestine in a sort of “gut cul-de-sac,” helps support the theory, he said. Also, the worm-shaped organ outgrowth acts like a bacteria factory, cultivating the good germs, Parker said. This use for the appendix is not needed in a modern industrialized society, Parker said. If a person's gut flora dies, they can usually repopulate it easily with germs they pick up from other people, he said. But before dense populations in modern times and during epidemics of cholera that affected a whole region, it wasn't as easy to grow back that bacteria and the appendix came in handy. In less developed countries, where the appendix may be still useful, the rate of appendicitis is lower than in the U.S., other studies have shown. He said, “the appendix may be another case of an overly hygienic society triggering an overreaction by the body's immune system.” Gary Huffnagle, a University of Michigan internal medicine and microbiology professor, wonders about the value of another body part that is often yanked: "I'll bet eventually we'll find the same sort of thing with the tonsils." The fascinating thing is that this function of the appendix has been known and documented by the American Medical Association for more than 20 years! The same results and conclusions were published in the AMA’s Journal more than 20 years ago. Why was this information essentially lost? It may be because it does fit well with evolutionary theory. Surgeons have no problem cutting out tissue they think is vestigial and useless to us. But, if it does have purpose, that might give them pause. Thus, there was simply no interest in evaluating this data 20 years ago since it did not fit into the cozy reality evolutionists and surgeons had set up for themselves. Further studies have also revealed that the appendix may give us a certain amount of low level protection against some forms of common environmental radiation. Studies show that persons who have had their appendixes removed have a higher incidence of some cancers. This may be the effect of some type of radiation protection as yet unidentified in the appendix or it may be the result of our system not working as well when the appendix is not there to replenish good bacteria in our intestines. Either way the appendix now has widespread documentation that God designed it in us with a purpose! Also from the AP we get this story from Schagen, Netherlands -The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open a couple of weeks ago. You could say it was the first time in 4,000 years. It drew a curious crowd of pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder. ? Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible. Using old biblical measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long (225 ft.), 30 cubits high (45 ft.) and 20 cubits (30 ft.) wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. "The design is by my wife, Bianca," Huibers said. "She didn't really want me to do this at all, but she said if you're going to anyway, it should look like this." A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been. Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in May 2005. On the uncovered top deck, not quite ready in time for the opening, there will be a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel. Visitors on the first day were stunned. "its past comprehension," said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape. "I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” In fact, Noah's Ark as described in the Bible was five times larger than Johan's Ark. But that still leaves enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater, where kids can watch the segment of the Disney film "Fantasia" that tells the story of Noah. Another exhibit shows water cascading down on a model of the Ark. Exhibits on the third level show ancient tools and old-fashioned barrels, exotic stuffed animals, and a wax model of an exhausted Noah reclining on a bed in the forecastle. Genesis says Noah kept seven pairs of most domesticated animals and one breeding pair of all other creatures, plus his wife, three sons and three daughters-in- law together on the boat for almost a year while the world was deluged. Perhaps it was only logical that the replica project would be the brainchild of a Dutchman. Fears of floods are ingrained in the country's collective consciousness by its water-drenched history. Lois Poppema, visiting from California, said she thought the Netherlands was exactly the right place for an ark. "Just a few weeks ago we saw Al Gore on television. Saying that all Holland will be flooded" due to rising sea levels, she said. "I don't think the man who made this ever expected that global warning will become (such an important) issue - and suddenly having the ark would be meaningful in the middle of Holland." Under sunny clear skies Saturday, Huibers said he wasn't worried about another biblical flood, since according to Genesis, the rainbow is the sign of God's promise never to flood the world again. But he does worry that recent events such as the flooding of New Orleans could be seen as a portent of the end of time. Huibers said he hopes the project will renew interest in Christianity in The Netherlands, where churchgoing has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years. He also plans to visit major cities in Belgium and Germany. Finally, we have the interesting interpretation made by some evolutionists of Neanderthal DNA. A recent analysis of Neanderthal DNA reveals that they possessed a gene in their DNA which has been associated with speech in humans. Thus, the theory by evolutionists is that Neanderthals may have had at least rudimentary speech. The DNA examined came from two Neanderthal individuals excavated at El Sidron, a cave in northern Spain. The two finds had two differences in their FOXP2 gene which differs from chimpanzee genes at the same point, but are analogous to modern human DNA. The fact that DNA from Neanderthals now supposedly dead in unfrozen, wet environs for more than 30,000 years is quite suspect seeing as how fast the DNA molecule degenerates after death. Just as suspect is the interpretation that these two differences in the FOXP2 gene automatically signal underlying speech ability. Indeed it has been shown time and again that contrary to evolutionary thinking, the genes do not show variations within themselves that would indicate that each gene has been slowly changed and added to by mutation and variation, but still hold control over the same functions in different organisms. For example, since apes have hands which are very much like our own, evolution would expect that the gene that controls the building of the apes hand would be the same gene controlling the creation of the human hand with minor variations or additions in the gene. Instead we find no such homologies. We find in fact that creation of the human hand is controlled by a completely different set of genes than in apes and that the data for the formation is spread not over one gene locale, but across many genes (like parts of a document, saved at different times on a computer as it is added to will be found on varying places on your hard drive). The creationist answer to this evidence is much cleaner and far more probable. Creationists believe that Neanderthals may have been the very old humans described in the Bible, living to hundreds of years. Their major features of large cranial capacities, out turned teeth, hunched over postures, rickets and excessive calcification fit very well into this hypothesis. Thus, we would not be surprised at all to find that Neanderthal DNA is similar to human DNA since we believe they were simply extremely old humans! At our last meeting, our SABBSA Vice President “Dub” Warren showed us a video from the Alpha Omega Institute entitled “So-Called Proofs of Evolution: Can You Trust the Textbooks?” featuring Dr. Dan Kurow. In this video, Dr. Kurow examined many of the supposed proofs for evolution. Dr. Kurow broke the supposed evidence into groups such as change which the peppered moths fall into. However, he demonstrated how the moths do not demonstrate evolution, but rather selection. He also showed that Darwin’s finches did not show evolution, but preprogrammed variability. The same is true for antibiotic resistance. He also showed similarity does not prove evolution as our Neanderthal story exemplified. He showed that sequence does not prove evolution. Finally, he showed that evolution tries to prove chance at work by there being “junk” in our bodies or left over “vestigial” organs. As our appendix story showed, this list of junk in our bodies is being reduced to zero! Mr. Warren would be happy to bring this video series to your church or organization, show it to your group and facilitate a discussion about it as he ably did for us this night. Mr. Warren was on the staff of people who proofed the material in this video from AOI. On Sunday December 2nd SABBSA board members Dr. Carl and Cindy Williams will be giving several creationist presentations for a church in Copperas Cove, TX. Please pray for their ministry and thank God for this opportunity for their ministry. The Williams have been trained in the use of creation materials from Answers in Genesis including a large body of children’s curricula. You too can get this teaching at your place by contacting us on our contacts page of our website at www.sabbsa.org. If you would like to preview a portion of the children’s curriculum you are invited to our December meeting where Cindy Williams will give a children’s presentation. SABBSA President Scott Lane presented “What If God Wrote the Bible” to a group of about 30 people at FEAST on October 22nd. This is the fourth segment of his nine part Creation Power Point and Video Series. If you would like to see this teaching come to your side of town contact us by phone at 599-7240 or on our website. At our next SABBSA meeting on Tuesday, November 11th, 2007 at 7 pm, we will have Scott Lane present the final installment of his Creation Power Point series entitled “Creation and the Courts.” This presentation will detail the history of evolution and creation in this country the last century and show how a nation which in 1925 would only allow creation be taught in the public schools, evolved into a nation which today will only allow evolution in its public schools. You are invited to join us at Jim’s Restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Ramsey on for the presentation and Christian fellowship.
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